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this as the four horsemen of the apocalypse coming is liquidation. >> does your reporting suggest that harry reid has in fact explicitly rejected as a senate leader, a request by the republicans to add more flexibility to the cuts? >> well, we don't know that in particular, but what we do know is that the white house, they had an official down in front of the senate he recently and they were asked about giving this, being given this flexibility provision and they ultimately came back and said, we would reject any efforts to actually lessen the pain of this sequester. and so, the president here is getting himself into a situation where he's warning about all of these doom and gloom. the republicans are giving him a way out of this and they're increasingly looking to be rejecting that just so that they can continue to bring down the hammer. >> and the president, dan, is insisting not just on other spending cuts, alternatives, or even weakening the cuts, he's saying, look, i want a tax increase, too. >> what is that all about? i mean, we just had a huge tax increase, that is already, according to th
this as the apocalypse is ridiculous. >> that harry reid that he has rejected a request by the republicans to add more flexibility to the cuts? >> we don't know that in particular. but we do know the white house, they were asked about giving this being flexibility politician and they openly said, we would reject any effort to actually lessen the pain of this sequester. the president is getting himself in into a situation where she warning about all this doom and gloom. republicans are giving him a way out of this and increasingly looking to be rejecting that so they can bring down the hammer. >> paul: and the president is insisting on even weakening the cuts, he is saying, look, i want a tax increase, too. we just had a huge tax increase that is already hurting consumer spending. why does he want another one? >> because it's part of the strategy that he has been running all along which is to make it virtually impossible for the republicans to do business or sign up for it. he wants this them to be a rejection mode so he can blame them for pushing the government into the sequester. add one more thing,
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